Safely Wearing Contacts in the Workplace

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It’s typically safe to wear contacts at work, but you should take extra precautions to protect your eyes. Here’s what you need to know about safely wearing contacts on the job.

Safely using contacts at work doesn’t have to be complicated. Keep in mind these simple tips to protect your vision.

  • Take proper care of your contacts. Different types of contacts require different care routines. But generally speaking, always properly store reusable pairs or swap out disposables on time. Avoid damage by keeping your contacts somewhere safe, like a locker or breakroom. Clean your hands before removing or putting in contacts, and always have a cleaning solution on-hand in case of contamination.

  • Avoid rubbing your eyes. Rubbing your eyes while at work exposes them to a whole bunch of germs and bacteria. The risk is even greater if you’re wearing contacts. Grime can get trapped between the lenses and your eyes, leading to an infection. Rubbing contacts can also damage your cornea, which may require medical intervention.

  • Have a backup plan and an extra pair. Accidents can still happen even if you’re careful. Whether it’s a damaged lens or contamination, you need a plan if something goes wrong. Have an extra pair of contacts with you or bring a pair of backup glasses.

  • Replace your contacts as needed. Reusable contacts need to be replaced eventually, and disposable pairs should never be worn overtime. For many people, that means putting in a new pair daily. Reusable lenses are often good for up to 30 days, but check with your eye care specialist to be sure. And remember: never risk wearing damaged or contaminated lenses. Always replace your contacts with a backup pair if there’s an accident.

  • Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety glasses. PPE is key to staying safe on the job. Always use safety glasses with sturdy frames and shatter-proof lenses. You can wear non-prescription safety glasses over your contacts, or choose prescription lenses for safe eyes and clear vision all in one.

  • Remove contaminated contacts. You should always wear safety glasses on the job to keep foreign objects out of your eyes. But if something goes wrong, remove the contaminated contacts immediately to avoid eye damage and follow your workplace’s safety protocols.

  • Be aware of risky situations. Awareness is a big part of staying safe at work. When it comes to safely using contacts, be mindful of risky situations. Use your best judgment, and don’t start projects until you’re wearing the right eye protection.

  • Listen to your eye care specialist. Ultimately, eye safety is all about listening to the experts. Listen to your eye care specialist to stay safe while wearing contacts at work.

At Ocusafe, we’re dedicated to making eye protection easy for everyone. That’s why our durable safety glasses are available with or without prescription lenses. Protect your contacts at work with a pair of non-prescription safety glasses — or ditch contacts altogether by choosing durable prescription lenses. Either way, you’ll enjoy reliable eye protection on the job. Order today!

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Marc Weinstein

Dr. Weinstein's interest in eyecare was sparked at a young age when he struggled in school due to an undiagnosed eye condition. Once he received a diagnosis and underwent vision therapy prescribed by an optometrist, his life changed. This experience ignited his passion for optometry and improving people's lives through better vision.

With a career dedicated to optometry, Dr. Weinstein has made significant contributions to the field. In October 2000, he launched the website to address the affordability of prescription eyeglasses. 39DollarGlasses offers lightweight and shatter-resistant polycarbonate lenses as well as hundreds of stylish frames at affordable prices, making quality eyewear accessible to more people.

His understanding of the crucial role that protective eyewear plays in preventing eye injuries and his unwavering commitment to eye safety led Dr. Weinstein to launch Ocusafe™ offers a collection of high-quality safety glasses that meet the highest industry standards for durability and effectiveness. Through Ocusafe™, Dr. Weinstein aims to fulfill the needs of individuals and companies seeking top-quality safety eyewear and prioritize eye safety in various industries and activities.

Dr. Weinstein is dedicated to educating patients about the benefits of different lens enhancements, which can improve vision and provide relief for various conditions. These enhancements have a positive impact on migraines, sleep, and photophobia. His passion for this cause has resulted in the introduction of Neurolux™ headache lenses on and Ocusleep™ lenses, available at He also launched to meet the growing demand for safe contact lenses.

Dr. Weinstein earned his doctorate from the Illinois College of Optometry and completed his residency in Low Vision and Geriatrics at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. In addition to his professional pursuits, he enjoys traveling, sports, and spending quality time with his wife and three children.